JAMES have announced the release of a brand-new track, taken from their forthcoming album ALL THE COLOURS OF YOU, to be released on 4 June. BEAUTIFUL BEACHES is available now across all DSPs.
Also announced is a headline show at SCARBOROUGH OPEN AIR THEATRE on Thursday 9 September, their third time headlining the Yorkshire coast venue after shows there in 2015 and 2018. Tickets go on sale at 9AM on FRIDAY 23 APRIL here.
A resident of Topanga Canyon for many years, Tim Booth wrote the lyrics for Beautiful Beaches in response to climate change migration and the subsequent increasingly regular Californian fires bringing devastation to his community.
The song was inspired by a friend who lost his ‘fireproof’ home and had to flea for his life to the beaches, and a recurring vision that Tim had last year of earthquakes and fires in California, a vision that resulted in his family selling up and leaving the Canyon. “That life we left behind / We’re racing down to those beautiful beaches.”
Tim says: “We love how this song is so uplifting, focusing on new beginnings. I like the idea that many might not know the backstory and hear it as a post-Covid holiday song, praying that the lyrics don’t turn out to be prophetic.”
Listen to ‘Beautiful Beaches’ – BELOW:
Beautiful Beaches is the follow up the title track and first single, All the Colours of You, released last month, another personal account, tackling both the Trump-based Covid year and the civil rights struggle head on.
All the Colours of You, the band’s 16th studio album, was recorded in part before Covid struck, and is produced by the Grammy award winning Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, Taylor Swift, Snow Patrol, The Killers). On production duties with James for the first time, he brought a fresh approach to their sound, working remotely from his studio liaising with Tim Booth (his Topanga Canyon neighbour) and Jim Glennie from the band, reimagining their demos and capturing the band in all their virtual glory. The result is a record with the most arena-ready and fresh tracks of their 38-year career; the sound of one of Britain’s best bands deconstructed and reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers.
Since the release of Sit Down, their breakthrough single in 1991, James have released fifteen studio albums, selling over 25 million copies in the process, and performed at countless headline shows and festivals across the world. They continue to be a huge live draw, having sold 60,000 tickets for their UK arena tour scheduled for November and December this year, a tour which has sold faster than any previous James tour.
ALL THE COLOURS OF YOU track listing:
• All the Colours of You
• Beautiful Beaches
• Wherever It Takes Us
• Miss America
• Getting Myself Into
• Magic Bus
ALL THE COLOURS OF YOU will be available in the following formats:
• Standard CD
• D2C Deluxe CD | with bonus Artwork / Photos / Pictures in a DVD Hardback Book package
• Standard LP
• D2C Deluxe LP | Swirl coloured vinyl
• D2C Deluxe LP | Picture disc vinyl
• Indies and HMV Deluxe LP | Multi-coloured vinyl
UK TOUR with Special Guests HAPPY MONDAYS:
Thu 25 LEEDS First Direct Arena
Fri 26 BIRMINGHAM Utilita Arena
Sun 28 CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Tue 30 GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Wed 01 DUBLIN 3 Arena
Fri 03 MANCHESTER Arena (Sold Out)
Sat 04 LONDON Wembley Arena
Fri 30 GLASGOW Playground Weekender
Sat 31 THIRSK Deer Shed Festival
Sat 04 WARRINGTON Neighbourhood Weekender
Thu 09 SCARBOROUGH Open Theatre
Fri 17 ISLE OF WIGHT Isle of Wight Festival